On January 20th 2016, the Northern Lights could be seen from the North West. The Earth flew in to a remnants of a CME previously in the week, causing minor geomagnetic activity in the upper atmosphere.
Conveniently, the skies were also clear – the perfect opportunity to capture the Aurora was approaching. I knew it was coming, as Lancaster University’s Aurora Watch wad detecting around 130 nT of geomagnetic activity (nT is nanoteslas, the unit of measure for some geomagnetic monitoring stations).
The problem that I was going to incur was the moon. Wednesday was moving into the middle phases of the Lunar Cycle, meaning there was a near full moon. This would severely dimish the Aurora.
None the less, I attempted to take some shots. Firstly, a 30-second exposure with 100 ISO was too bright, due to the moon. Bringing the exposure down to 20 seconds solved this.
I edited the levels on the end product. I also removed the grass from the blended image (as due to the alignment the grass became somewhat blury) and readded it from a clean image.
The full image can be downloaded here, along with the raw image here.